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Archives from 2001
High-Tech Puritanism
John Chuckman
How did carpet-bombing Afghan villages and conducting air strikes against Taliban prisoners represent the actions of a free people, of a great democracy? The forces of darkness required an immediate, crushing response rather than any mere effort at securing justic...
Military Tribunals Undermine the Constitution
Laurence Tribe
[The following is a transcript of professor Tribe's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on December 6, 2001.] I am honored by the Committee’s request that I testify at this very important hearing on the role Congress can and should play in...
The End of the Strangest War
Patrick Cockburn In Ghazni, On The Kandahar Road
The end could be foreseen from the moment the night sky over Kabul turned a bright yellow as the first American bombs and missiles landed near the airport two months ago. From a hill to the north of the capital we could see the Taliban anti-aircraft fire, a few fe...
Hampshire College Condemns War
David Vest Oh, Brother, Here We Go Again.
Oh, brother, here we go again. I finally broke down and rented “O Brother, Where Art Thou,” against my better judgment. I found found it both mildly entertaining and oddly embarrassing. It felt like watching old movies that portray African-Americans as ...
Military Tribunals
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Sen. John Edwards v. Ashcroft [What follows is a transcript of the questioning of Attorney General John Ashcroft by Senator John Edwards, the Democrat from North Carolina (a former trial lawyer), during the Senate Judiciary Committee's oversight hearing on December 6, ...
Iraq the Hostage Nation
Hans Von Sponeck And Denis Halliday
A major shift is occurring in US policy on Iraq. It is obvious that Washington wants to end 11 years of a self-serving policy of containment of the Iraqi regime and change to a policy of replacing, by force, Saddam Hussein and his government. The current ...
Blacklist Me!
John Troyer
In November, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni published a report documenting comments made by individuals on college campuses regarding the events related to Sept. 11 and subsequent military action in Afghanistan. The 30-page report is subtly entitled, ...
Does Tom Freidman Read the New York Times?
Jack McCarthy
In his silly and more-dishonest-than-usual column for December 5, “Intifada 11 is Over” the New York Times’ Thomas Friedman (for not the first and probably not the last time) blames Yassar Arafat and the Palestinian Authority for rejecting a so-c...
How Israel Provoked Hamas
Alexander Cockburn
“Arafat is guilty of everything here.” Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon declared on television Monday night. “Arafat has made his strategic choices: a strategy of terrorism.” In sync with these fierce words, Israeli forces launched attac...
Hampshire College Condemns War in All-Community Vote
Michael Sherrard And Kai Newkirk
AMHERST, MA The students, faculty, and staff of Hampshire College have voted to condemn the “War on Terrorism” and propose alternative solutions. The vote, which was won by a margin of 693-121 (with 11 abstaining or ambiguous votes), is believed to the ...
Teaching in a Post-September 11 World
Robert Jensen
At various time in my teaching career — more than ever since Sept. 11 — I have been advised by faculty colleagues that I should avoid being “too political” in the classroom. To the degree that the advice is simply pragmatic — avoid be...
Are Palestinians Human?
Sam Bahour And Leila Bahour
As Israeli warplanes pounded Palestinian cities, Israel’s media spin- doctor, Benjamin Netanyahu, was being interviewed on the Fox News Channel where he likened Arafat to Osama bin Laden and accused him of having “suicide kindergarten camps for kids t...
A Plea for Byron Parker
Dave Marsh
I am writing this with an outrageous request. Next Tuesday, December 11, my friend of 12 years, Byron Parker, will be executed by the state of Georgia. I am engaged in a last minute search for allies to try to save his life. What follows is an attempt to te...
The Left’s Silver Lining
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
It had seemed to us that one absolutely certain fact, beyond all dispute or question, is that the terror attacks of September 11 had no silver lining, no unexpectedly beneficial fall-out. September 11 was, is and will be a terrible business with endlessly terrible...
America’s Israel
C.G. Estabrook
The proper way to begin to understand the “Israeli-Palestinian problem” is to recognize that Israel is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the United States government. Criticism of its racist and oppressive policies towards non-Jews and of its brutal and ill...
Biotech’s Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
Edward Hammond
Presently, the US Congress’ biodefense pocketbook is wide open. There’s no shortage of outstretched hands. Much of it is pursued by an industry whose public image is staked on the false hope of creating meaningful protection from biological attack. In ...
America’s Israel
C.G. Estabrook
The proper way to begin to understand the “Israeli-Palestinian problem” is to recognize that Israel is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the United States government. Criticism of its racist and oppressive policies towards non-Jews and of its brutal and ill...
The USA Patriot Act and Ashcroft’s Justice Department
Susan Herman The Jurist
The Jurist Wars, Foreign and Domestic Until Attorney General Ashcroft finally agreed to appear before Congress this week to report on the status of the domestic war against terrorism, rumors flew. Various reporters speculated about how many people were in de...
It’s the Occupation
Sam Bahour And Michael Dahan
RAMALLAH, Palestine In the wake of the horrific suicide bombings in Israel over the last 48 hours hawkish Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon made his address to the nation as he simultaneously increased, by yet another step, Israel’s part of the vio...
Questions Barbara Walters Didn’t Ask George Bush
Don Williams
Last Thursday, ABC News announced that Barbara Walters would interview President Bush for the December 5th 20/20 broadcast. ABC News asked viewers to submit questions for Walters to ask Mr Bush. The transcript of this interview is now up on ...
The Last Colonial War?
Robert Fisk The Independent
Can Ariel Sharon control his own people? Can he control his army? Can he stop them from killing children, leaving booby traps in orchards or firing tank shells into refugee camps? Can Sharon stop his rabble of an army from destroying hundreds of Palestinian refugee homes ...
Atomic Treason in the House
Harvey Wasserman
If terrorists turn a US nuclear plant into a radioactive holocaust, the House of Representatives wants you to pay for it. But the Senate can still say otherwise. The House voted November 28 in virtual secret to shield new reactor builders from normal insura...
Keep Your Eye on the Target
Rep. Ron Paul
We have been told on numerous occasions to expect a long and protracted war. This is not necessary if one can identify the target- the enemy- and then stay focused on that target. It’s impossible to keep one’s eye on a target and hit it if one does not...
The King and the Nazis
Tariq Ali
Some weeks ago, I predicted a rapid defeat of the Taliban . It was obvious that without the military and logistical support of their creators–the Pakistan Army–they would collapse, but the price being paid for this “victory” is unacceptable...
Disappeared in the Southland
Jordan Green Facing South
A virtual shroud of silence has been cloaked over the detention of at least 600 immigrants, some held on visa charges, who have been detained following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. A consortium of groups, including the ACLU and the American-Arab Anti-Discriminat...
We Are the War Criminals Now
Robert Fisk The Independent
We are becoming war criminals in Afghanistan. The US Air Force bombs Mazar-i-Sharif for the Northern Alliance, and our heroic Afghan allies–who slaughtered 50,000 people in Kabul between 1992 and 1996–move into the city and execute up to 300 Taliban fighters. ...
Rebuilding Afghanistan?
William Blum
“U.S. Meeting Envisions Rebuilding Afghanistan” read the headline in the Washington Post of November 21. After a one-day meeting in Washington of leaders from two dozen nations and international organizations, US and Japanese officials said they had developed ...
Defining Terrorism
Phillip Cryan
“Terrorism” may be the most important, powerful word in the world right now. In the name of doing away with terrorism, the United States is bombing Afghanistan and talking about possible attacks elsewhere. Political leaders from many countries are at o...
At Last the Truth About Sabra and Chatila Massacres
Robert Fisk The Independent
Sana Sersawi speaks carefully, loudly but slowly, as she recalls the chaotic, dangerous, desperately tragic events that overwhelmed her just over 19 years ago, on 18 September 1982. As one of the survivors prepared to testify against the Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharo...
A Continuum of Terror
Tom Turnipseed
A native of Egypt, Ali Abdelsoud Mohamed rose to the rank of major in Egypt’s special forces before being forced out of Egypt’s military in 1984 because he was considered a religious extremist. Much later he was identified as a secret member of the Isl...
Who Gave Away Your Civil Liberties?
Harry Browne
Many conservatives, liberals, and libertarians are protesting the numerous invasions of your liberty that Congress and the Bush administration have imposed during the past two months. But without realizing it, many of the protestors brought these invasions ...
“Don’t Blame the Taliban for Everything”
Patrick Cockburn
The Independent in Mohammed Agha, Afghanistan In a field in an arid valley south of Kabul a hundred local leaders, all powerful in their own districts, assembled yesterday to debate the future of their province at the same time as Afghan politicians were meeting i...
We are the War Criminals Now
Robert Fisk The Independent
The Independent We are becoming war criminals in Afghanistan. The US Air Force bombs Mazar-i-Sharif for the Northern Alliance, and our heroic Afghan allies–who slaughtered 50,000 people in Kabul between 1992 and 1996–move into the city and execute up to...
Suffer Palestine’s Children
Sunil K. Sharma
Early in the morning of November 22, five Palestinian children were blown to pieces by an Israeli mine or bomb as they headed to school in Khan Younis. The children were 6 to 14 years-of-age, all from the Al Astel family. It is unclear if the explosion was set off...
The Peaceful Atom?
CounterPunch Wire
The Gorleben International Peace Team (GIPT) was established in 1997 to report on the human rights and civil liberties situation in the Wendland region of Germany during high-level atomic waste transports. The November 2001 GIPT observed that by placing the interests of t...
Boeing’s Sweet Deal
Jeffrey St. Clair
Boeing may have lost out to Lockheed in it’s bid to build the Joint Strike Fighter, one of the most lucrative contracts in Pentagon history, but no one should mourn for the defense giant. The Pentagon needs a plump Boeing as much as Boeing needs Pentagon lar...
Tigris and Euphrates
Tariq Ali
Early evening. A doctor’s private surgery in Baghdad. A day-bed in the corner sealed off by a white curtain. An exhausted woman in a white-coat is slumped at her desk, her head resting on the large table. She is fast asleep. The buzzer on her desk rings. She...
Blood and Tears in Kandahar
Robert Fisk The Independent In Kandahar Province
“You’ll never get through,” the Taliban man shouted at me. “The Northern Alliance are shooting into Takhta–Pul and the Americans are bombing the centre of the town.” “Impossible,” I said. Takhta–Pul is only 24 m...
Kafka and the Patriot Act
Paul Coggins The Texas Lawyer
I toss in an unfamiliar bed. Strange bed. Strange room. Strange town. Strange country. A stranger in a strange land, I sleep fitfully in a country not my own. The hotel door bangs open. Heavy boots shake the room as armed soldiers surround me. Angry voices. Blinding light...
The Leadership Crisis
Ralph Nader
President Bush is putting a big stake in the newly formed Office of Homeland Security under the leadership of former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge. The rationale behind the formation of the office is a belief that the coordination of the disparate agencies with resp...
Israel’s Choice
Sam Bahour
Only three days have passed following US Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Middle East policy remarks at the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center for Political Leadership in Kentucky. Following Secretary Powell’s tribute to a key member i...
Harry Potter and Terror’s Networks
Alexander Cockburn
It won’t be long, most likely, before Osama’s body is on display and an end written to his chapter in the unfinished saga of Empire v. Terror. How appropriate that this last week millions of children here in the US, (the most implacable critics of all)...
Long Live The Clash
Phyllis Pollack
The highly-anticipated book, The Clash, Photographs By Bob Gruen, is slated for release lat...
It’s About the Guns
Patrick Cockburn The Independent
Few political movements have come so far so fast. A month ago, the Northern Alliance was clinging on by its fingertips in a few strongholds amid the crags of the Hindu Kush mountains. Today, it is master of Kabul, seems about to take Kunduz and is preparing to attend talk...
Arrest Every Muslim That Enters Georgia
CounterPunch Wire
The Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) today wrote to House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert asking that Rep. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security, be removed from his position because of bigoted anti-Muslim comme...
The Press in Hiding
Molly Secours
Several weeks ago in Massachusetts, acting Governor Jane Swift approved a bill that exonerates the accused witches hung in 1692 and 1693 during the Salem Witch Trials. The women were the last of the 20 victims to be cleared by the legislature since their executio...
Sketches for a New Blacklist
David Price
My office is cluttered with over 20,000 pages of FBI files chronicling the damage inflicted on academic freedom in America by McCarthyism. These hundreds of different files tell divergent stories with various twists, turns and morals, but most of them are bound to...
The Press in Hiding
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The weekend before Thanksgiving, as the Taliban fled into the Hindu Kush and America’s children flocked to Harry Potter, the nation’s opinion formers discovered that the Bush administration had hijacked the Constitution with the Patriot Act and the military tr...
A Homeland Thanksgiving
Oscar Gonzalez
People are more conflicted than ever this Thanksgiving. The deaths of 4,000 people in New York make many of us wonder whether God is sleeping on the job. It is said there are no atheists in foxholes, but, on the flipside, I wonder what happens to the fait...
America’s Message of Greed and Violence for Thanksgiving and Ramadan as We Leave the Children Behind
Tom Turnipseed
With some U.S. military aircraft broadcasting and others bombing, the United States delivered its message of greed and violence to the people of Afghanistan during the first week of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. An airborne special forces radio station aboard...